Police warn of ‘stranger danger’ incidents in SE Portland

Police say the information is alarming

This car was involved in a series of stranger danger events in Portland, June 9, 2016 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police is investigating several incidents of “stranger danger” that appear to be unrelated.

The first report was taken Friday morning when 2 girls from Creston School were walking to school and a man pulled up along side them and offered them a ride. When they said no, he offered them $20. They ran off and reported the incident to school officials.

That man is described as a scruffy, African-American in his 30s. He was driving a small, white SUV.

Later that same day, two girls were running through Creston Park during PE class when a man near the pool exposed himself. He is described as a heavyset white man, bald with a gray beard. He appeared to be homeless.

On Monday, a 15-year-old Grant High School student was approached by a man in a car asking for directions to SE McLoughlin Blvd. She told him it was “far away” and the man drove off. But, he passed her 2 more times and she became suspicious, running to a neighbor’s house.

The most recent incidents happened Wednesday morning, the first near Ron Russell Middle School. A female student said a man and a woman in a van asked her to get inside, but she did not. The van is described as older and white with tinted windows.

The second Wednesday incident involved a student at Hosford Middle School. She told school staff a man grabbed her by the wrist as she walked near the food carts on Division St. She described the man as an older Asian American.

On Thursday afternoon, a 12-year-old boy was waiting for his mom next to Sellwood Middle School when a man driving a dark green Volkswagen Golf pulled up alongside him. The man started talking to the boy and asked if he needed a ride home. The man asked the boy where he lived and offered him something that looked like beef jerky.

When the boy’s mom arrived the man drove off, but not before yelling that she was a bad mother for leaving her child outside. The quick thinking woman snapped some photos of the car as he turned a corner.

The driver is described as a white man in his mid-20s. He was “baby faced” with big ears, sandy blonde hair and a thin build.

Police say the incidents don’t appear connected and it’s not clear what the motives are of the men involved.

Police say things like this should be reported to 911 immediately. People with tips should contact CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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